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DeSantis extends state of emergency for 60 days

By Staff | May 18, 2020

On May 8, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to extend the state of emergency 60 days.

In a press conference, he defended the way he has begun opening up the economy with the opening of most state parks, most beaches, outdoor seating at restaurants and limited seating indoors along with limited capacity at retail stories.

“It’s pretty clear that this is a disease that spreads when you are in close repeated contact with somebody in an enclosed environment,” DeSantis said. “That’s how it most easily spreads. Now it could spread outside if we’re really close and all that. But in these outdoor, open space environments you’ve just had less transmission and less evidence of outbreaks.”

He said it is “less risky” to have outdoor seating at restaurants, and said he supported the opening of the beaches. He said the outdoors is a “very low-risk place to be.”

DeSantis recently announced the opening of the state’s first antibody testing site at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The state opened up a COVID-19 testing site in Fort Myers at the CenturyLink Sports Complex, which is strictly for the coronavirus and not for antibodies. According to county spokesperson Betsy Clayton, the average wait time when the site opens is two hours though the wait is between 45 minutes to an hour later in the morning. The site is open between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.